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    May 12, 2020         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update



Front Page  

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 14, 2020: Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Physical & Emotional Wellness During COVID-19

Friday, May 15, 2020: Eggs & Issues: Legislative Dialogue- Online Virtual Meeting

Tuesday, May 19, 2020: COVID-19 Recovery Seminar: Getting Back To Work

Read the current Small Street Journal for updates and announcements from Chamber members. Please submit your updates to Kaylynn Stahlbusch.

Awards & Recognition

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

New Members


Newsletter Archives

Job Board


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Member to Member Coupons New Member Referral Program Board of Directors Staff


Critical Business Updates

Critical Business Updates

  • Continually-updated page of must-know information for businesses, including the latest information on state and federal orders, other resources

Eau Claire Chamber COVID-19 Page

  • Information and links about local businesses, resources and more

Chippewa Valley Business Community COVID-19 Resource

  • A Facebook Group for businesses to post and share information

Eau Claire City-County Health Dept COVID-19 page

Town Hall

Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Physical & Emotional Wellness During COVID-19

Our guests will be Pete Farrow, CEO of Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire and Kayla Rose, Health Promotion Manager of Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, who will share information regarding the physical and emotional aspects of how to stay healthy and focused while working from home.  Topics will include diet, activity, the importance of communcation while working remotely as well as ways to help employees adjust to their return to a workplace setting. 

To learn more and register for the town hall meeting, click here.

Click here for a link to recording of the May 6, 2020 town hall meeting that featured Economic Recovery Task Force co-chairs Mark Faanes and Gregg Moore, as well as Eau Claire City Manager, Dale Peters.  To view the attendee chats, click here.




Tuesday, May 19, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Online)
Cost to Attend: $35

As more conversations surrounding recovery of COVID-19 are happening in our region, the Chamber is hosting a virtual seminar to help employers get back to work in the most efficient ways possible. Join us for a three-hour virtual seminar while area experts walk you through human resource topics relative to COVID-19 and the eventual return to work.

Registration is $35 per attendee. Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.

  • Strategic Workforce Planning, featuring Jim Morgan, MRA – The Management Association

The Coronavirus changed us!  We learned quite a bit about what we were prepared for, and what we weren’t.  As we come out of COVID-19, employers are going to have to deal with as many issues as they had going into it.  There’s a lot of uncertainty and unknowns right now, but one thing we do know, is that when things go back to “normal”, it’s not going to be the same as it was a couple of months ago. How did your organization respond in the eyes of your employees? Do they feel confident about the direction moving forward? What did we learn and what changes are permanent? Can your leaders lead their teams through change? What skills should you be looking at when hiring?              

  • Setting the Stage and Returning Employees to Work, featuring Jerilyn Jacobs, and Bryan Symes, Weld Riley, S.C.

How and when to bring employees back into the workforce presents many legal challenges.  This session will cover a range of topics, including but not limited to: Deciding how, when, and whom to bring back to work; What you need to know about COVID-19 and the ADA; How to best avoid discrimination charges; Necessary changes to policies and procedures, such as implementing an infectious disease policy; Workplace health monitoring and screening; OSHA compliance issues; Considerations when cross-training, work sharing and telecommuting; How to address leave time and other benefit issues; Collective bargaining considerations;  Developing strategies for discipline if employees fail to social distance or refuse to return to work; And much more.              

  • This Isn’t a Continuous Improvement Project, or Is It?, featuring Tammy Tom-Steinmetz, Talking Results LLC

Before developing the recovery work plan first define and ask why, why, why, why and why.  The importance of "why".  “I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and then five minutes solving it.” quoted by Albert Einstein.

To register, click here>>

Please note that there will be more topics to come and times/topics are subject to change.




WEDC Launches Website With Reopening Guidelines

On Friday, Missy Hughes, CEO and Secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, announced a new website with reopening guidelines for each industry sector.

"With input from national and state health and industry experts and in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and our regional economic development partners, WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. 
Click here for the WEDC Reopening Guidelines web page 




With everything happening in the world right now the Eau Claire Chamber wanted to bring you a video series every Wednesday that would highlight how businesses are stepping up and making a positive impact in the midst of all this change and uncertainty. We are proud to have such a wonderful community to call home. 

Go to the Chamber's Facebook page to learn more about these local businesses and what they are doing to make a difference.  





Leadership Eau Claire™
Accepting Applications for Class of 2021   

Application Deadline is Friday, June 5, 2020!

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Eau Claire™ (LEC) Class of 2021. The goal of the program is to enhance participants’ community knowledge and leadership qualities through skill building exercises, activities and educational days. During the nine-month program, participants discuss the issues facing the community, develop the leadership skills necessary to assume leadership roles and are exposed to involvement opportunities in the community. More information is available here on the Chamber’s website and you can download an application here.

“Leadership Eau Claire™ has far exceeded my expectations. Through the program I have built lasting relationships with people from various businesses. LEC highlighted many of the good things that Eau Claire has to offer but also helped me understand the issues that our community is facing. More importantly, it opened my eyes to the plethora of volunteer opportunities and emphasized how we all play a role in making Eau Claire a better community.”

– Kallie Robb, Xcel Energy, Class of 2019

If you have questions, contact Casey Schumacher via email (schumacher@eauclairechamber.org) or by phone 715-858-0614.


SBDC to Offer Free Online Cash Flow Seminars For Small Businesses

How will you restart your business after the threat posed by the coronavirus is diminished? As part of the local COVID-19 Recovery Task Force efforts related to business financial assistance, the Small Business Development Center and UWEC Continuing Education are offering a free interactive webinar for small business owners. The program is designed to provide tools to help you forecast and plan your business cash flow.

 • Recovery After COVID-19: Planning and Managing Cash Flow
   Choose one: Tue May 12, 2 p.m. or 6 p.m., or Thu May 14, 2 p.m.   
   Free online seminar: Click here for details and to register


Briefing on the RAND Hospital Transparency Project

Chamber members are invited to attend a webinar to learn more about The RAND Hospital Price Transparency Project. Briefly, the hospital price transparency study is an ongoing national employer-led initiative to measure and publicly report the prices paid for hospital care at the hospital-and service-line level. This project is being driven by self-funded employers from across the country with leadership from the RAND Corporation as our analytic partner.

WMC, The Business Health Care Group and The Alliance are working together to ensure Wisconsin is well-represented in this study. A significant number of Business Health Care Group and Alliance employers are already enrolled. National employers with Wisconsin locations are also part of the project. More participation will strengthen the results and the value for each employer.

The webinar will be repeated twice. To register, click on this link and choose the option that works best for you.

  • Wednesday, May 13 from 1:30 – 3pm
  • Tuesday, May 19 from 10 – 11:30

Chris Whaley, policy researcher for RAND will join us to provide an overview of the project and the methodology used. We will also talk about the benefits for employers and how to become involved in the next iteration of the study.


Wage Survey

2020 Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey

The survey is distributed the week of March 16, due back by May 15, and is published in mid-July. We are proud to be covering employers from nine chambers of commerce including Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. Also involved are the local chapters of Society of Human Resource Management in the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau and Winona. We need area employers to contribute their data in order to keep the wage survey viable and relevant; data is kept confidential. We have made it easy to participate, so please review the instructions and complete the forms. All documents for survey participation are on the Eau Claire Chamber's website.

There is a minimal cost to receive the report when it is available in mid-July, and chamber, CVSHRM, and Wipfli HR Forum memberships qualify businesses for discounted pricing.

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Kummer  at (715) 858-0618.




Eggs & Issues: Legislative Dialogue - Online Virtual Meeting


Join us for an online discussion with our area State Legislators about the Wisconsin government's response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. They'll also talk about key issues from the 2019-20 legislative session and how the state is positioned going into the rest of this year, including a question and answer opportunity.

Now an online virtual event: Thanks to the Perigon system provided by WIN Technology, you'll be able to participate in this event live from your computer. And since we can't have breakfast together, every paid attendee will receive $10 in Chamber Bucks (good at over 400 local business locations, including many take-out restaurants). It's a way to put part of your registration fee right back into the economy. Your Chamber Bucks will be mailed to you.

Registration closes at 10:00 a.m on Thursday, May 14.  An email address and mailing address is required for each attendee to register. A link to login to this session will be emailed to you at by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14.

***PLEASE NOTE: If you do not receive the email containing the link to log in to the meeting, please be sure to check your spam folder. 

To register, click here>>



Conference Call with Rep Ron Kind & SBA

Thursday, May 14, 2020
4:00 p.m.

Chamber members are invited to participate in a conference call on Thursday, May 14th at 4:00pm with Rep. Ron Kind and WI SBA Director Eric Ness to discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on your small businesses. Rep. Kind will give an update about the  federal response, and then there will be time to answer questions.

Click here to RSVP and receive call instructions




Applicants Sought for Eau Claire School Board Vacancy

The Eau Claire Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy created when Board Member Laurie Klinkhammer resigned last month. The individual selected will serve until the next election in April 2021. Applications are due by May 13. Applicants will also be required to give a 3-minute statement at the May 18 board meeting. Click here for a link to the application and instructions.



Eau Claire Schools: Planning Survey

The Eau Claire Area School District is looking for your help in planning for the future of the local school system. They’re inviting all residents to take a survey to review the district's financial and facility needs, consider possible solutions, and provide input and feedback.

Click here to take a short survey




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